Komi Can’t Communicate is one of these shows that have ridiculously high scores on MAL but for the love of Aidios I can’t understand why. It’s a comedy that is not especially funny. It’s a romantic story with next to zero romance in it. It has lots of “unique” characters which in reality are generic and boring. It’s trying to tackle a problem of anxiety using the heroine who by all means is barely affected by it. It’s far from being visually stunning or something. There’s no plot. Yet, somehow it has an above-8 score. Mind-blowing.
I can’t even point my finger at what particularly is wrong with this anime because, frankly, it’s just average all around. Take the title character, Komi. She has a problem — she basically experiences panic attacks every time she’s interacting with people. You’d expect that it’d result in something like Watamote, an anime that legit was painful to watch. Nope! Komi-san is adored by everyone around her, she’s good at sports (how?! when she ostensibly barely leaves the house) and no one cares that she doesn’t talk. Should I feel any sympathy towards her? She reminds me of the main heroine in Kimi Ni Todoke, which also was surrounded by all-understanding and all-forgiving friends and yet the anime implied that we’d need to feel bad for her… for reasons. And Komi is probably the best-written character there! Other people there are simply one-dimensional dummies that work as plot-devices for unfunny and repetitive (let me repeat it — repetitive) jokes. By the way, I have nothing against using the same punch-line over and over again — some shows like Seitokai Yakuindomo or Grand Blue utilize it perfectly — jokes in Komi-san just don’t work.
The only moment that I liked from this anime happened in the end of the first episode, when I still had no clue what I was getting myself into. Tadano and Komi writing their thought together on a blackboard was really cute and touching. I don’t know if the manga is better and just the adaptation sucks, I don’t know if the second season will be better but I wish we’d gotten only that first episode as an OVA instead of that full-scale 12-episodes-long mess.